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2009 Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 2009 Photo Contest winners. The following images were judged as best reflecting the study abroad experience out of all the entries submitted. IU students who studied abroad anytime during the 2008-2009 academic year or summer 2009 were eligible to enter the contest. First through third prizes were awarded in two categories: People and Places.

1st Place Winners

1st Place - Avery Nielsen

"Looking down the Grand Canal" by Avery Nielsen

  • Location: Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy
  • Program: Vienna, Austria
  • Term: Fall 2008

1st Place - Maria Srour

"A Woman in Oceanview" by Maria Srour

2nd Place Winners

2nd Place - Danielle Duzenman

"Church of the Good Shepherd" by Danielle Duzenman

  • Location: Inside of the Church of the Good Shepherd outside of Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Program: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (AustraLearn)
  • Term: Spring 2009

2nd Place - Sophie Pappas

"Austrian Boy" by Sophie Pappas

  • Location: A young Austrian boy waits for dinner outside a restaurant in Salzburg, Austria.
  • Program: Graz, Austria
  • Term: Summer 2009

3rd Place Winners

3rd Place - Elizabeth Albert

"Chateau Chambord" by Elizabeth Albert


3rd Place - Abby Schmiesing

"A Fine Balance" by Abby Schmiesing

  • Location: When hiking through the Amazon of Peru, it was sometimes necessary to cross lily-pad-strewn rivers to continue. As the water level changes so frequently, there are seldom bridges constructed. Therefore, we were able to test our balance walking across logs and hoping on rocks, most often with sticks in the mud for support.
  • Program: Lima, Peru
  • Term: Fall 2008

It is hard to overstate the influence this travel has had on me, on who I am today. It has shaped my world view, what I find interesting, and what I think about.”

-Dionissi Aliprantis, IU Overseas Study Participant, Greece